Research Projects

Research on negotiation is on-going among PON faculty, and more information can be found on their individual faculty websites. In addition, PON has nine research projects, each of which focuses on negotiation and conflict resolution through a different lens. The projects, listed on the left, are centers for inquiry into theory and practice, the mentoring of advanced students, the construction of educational initiatives, and the development of publications. For a glossary of common Program on Negotiation terms, please reference our Glossary

The Mercury Game: Teaching about the role of scientific information in international environmental negotiations

PON Staff   •  11/14/2011   •  Filed in Pedagogy at PON

Incorporating scientific and technical information into negotiations is an ongoing and difficult problem. Scientific uncertainty remains a key challenge, particularly in the context of environmental decision-making. Despite decades of scientific research on problems including biodiversity loss, ozone depletion, climate change, and hazardous chemicals, effectively communicating uncertainty remains a major challenge in environmental treaty negotiations and … Read More 

Using a Series of Linked Games to Teach a Mutual-Gains Approach to Water Negotiations

PON Staff   •  11/14/2011   •  Filed in Pedagogy at PON

Multi-issue, multi-party negotiations over the allocation of boundary-crossing water resources are increasingly important almost everywhere in the world. Existing role-play simulations are helpful in conveying practical wisdom about such negotiations, but most games only deal with one issue or one aspect of negotiation at a time.
Underrepresented in our teaching materials are ‘linked games’ that cover … Read More 

From the Symphony Hall to the Jazz Jam Session: Teaching negotiation to graduate students vs. providing negotiation training to senior executives: Quite Similar or Very Different?

PON Staff   •  11/14/2011   •  Filed in Pedagogy at PON

Negotiation Pedagogy Faculty Dinner Seminar, November 14th, 2011
Panelists: Theodore Johnson (Brandeis University), Deborah Kolb(Simmons College), Deepak Malhotra (Harvard Business School),Brian Mandell (Harvard Kennedy School of Government), Melissa Manwaring (Babson College), Bruce Patton (Vantage Partners), and James Sebenius (Harvard Business School). Moderated byMichael Wheeler (Harvard Business School)
The fall Negotiation Pedagogy Faculty Dinner Seminar took place at the Harvard Faculty Club on November 14, 2011. The event brought together more than … Read More 

Further reading on “Israel’s Prisoner Exchange: An Irrational Trade?” from the January 2012 issue of the Negotiation newsletter

PON Staff   •  11/03/2011   •  Filed in International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiatives

Read more on “Israel’s Prisoner Exchange: An Irrational Trade?” from the January 2012 issue of the Negotiation newsletter in the following two articles:

Israel’s Deals with the Devils

By: Robert Mnookin

The Shalit Deal: Opportunities for Negotiators

By: Dr. Ehud Eiran

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The Shalit Deal: Opportunities for Negotiators

PON Staff   •  11/03/2011   •  Filed in International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiatives

Last weekend’s violent deal between Israel and Islamic Jihad In Gaza was interpreted by some as proof that the Gilead Shalit prisoner exchange compromised Israeli security. Beyond these recent events it is indeed clear, as Professor Robert H. Mnookin and others warned, that the Shalit deal generated numerous risks for Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and … Read More 

The Gilad Shalit-Palestinian prisoners exchange: the process, deal and implications

PON Staff   •  10/31/2011   •  Filed in Events, International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiatives

The Middle East Negotiation Initiative at PON invites you to a panel discussion on
The Gilad Shalit-Palestinian prisoners exchange: the process, deal and implications
November 7, 2011 • 12:15 – 2 p.m.
Pound 100 • Harvard Law School
Please bring your lunch. Drinks and cookies will be served.
PANELISTS
Robert H. Mnookin is the Samuel Williston Professor of Law at Harvard … Read More 

Professor Mnookin’s Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal

PON Staff   •  10/18/2011   •  Filed in Daily, International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiatives, News

In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Robert H. Mnookin, Professor at Harvard Law School and Chair of the Program on Negotiation, reflects on Israel’s recent decision to release 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the safe return of Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas.  From a negotiating standpoint, according to Mnookin, … Read More 

Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations: What Is Next?

PON Staff   •  10/12/2011   •  Filed in Daily, Events, International Negotiation, Middle East Negotiation Initiatives, Student Events, Students

“From Madrid to New York, from bilateral to unilateral: 20 years of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations – what is next?”

Date: October 13, 2011

Time: 12:15 PM

Where: Pound Hall #200 (Corcoran Classroom), Harvard Law School Campus
Brown Bag Lunch (dessert and drinks will be provided)

Click here for a campus map.

About the Speaker
Academic, writer, practitioner and veteran negotiator, Dr. Ron … Read More 

PON Launches Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI)

PON Staff   •  10/06/2011   •  Filed in Middle East Negotiation Initiatives

Under PON’s Harvard Negotiation Project and its current director, Professor James Sebenius, an initiative was launched in 2009 to focus on Middle Eastern affairs, in line with HNP’s mission “to improve the theory, teaching, and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution.” The Middle East Negotiation Initiative (MENI) recently assumed a role as its own Research … Read More 

Deal v. No-Deal in the Middle East

PON Staff   •  10/06/2011   •  Filed in Middle East Negotiation Initiatives

Professor James Sebenius recently analyzed three ominous forces in an article for Power and Policy, entitled “Deal v. No-Deal in the Middle East: Three Forces Leading to a Deadly Collision,” (June 20, 2011).

On May 15, 2011, thousands of Palestinians rushed Israel’s Syrian and Lebanese borders, as well as the fences of Gaza. Such actions have … Read More